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By F. Scott Fitzgerald

Amory Blaine, reason on rebelling opposed to his staid, Midwestern upbringing, longs to procure the patina of japanese sophistication. In his quest for sexual and highbrow enlightenment, he progresses via a sequence of relationships, until eventually he's forged out into the true world.

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When her adulterous and inter-ethnic relationship is discovered in the community, she is punished by her family, locked up in a hen coop and left out in the cold. 58 The island cyclone swirls around these poetic fragments, mixing and blurring the divides between times, places and ethnicities. More than 40 years after independence, the scene shifts from a mono-ethnic vision of an isolated but industrious island community in the throes of finding its national consciousness in Namasté to a multicultural society in independent Maturités, which albeit is a prosperous postcolony as noted above, is torn apart by ethno-religious intolerance.

Putnam’s Sons, 1979), 188. TRACKING THE LITERATURE OF TROPICAL WEATHER 21 25. Peter Hulme, Colonial Encounters: Europe and the Native Caribbean, 1492–1797 (London: Methuen, 1986), 100. David M. Ludlum’s compendium Early American Hurricanes 1492–1870 (Boston: American Meteorological Society, 1963) shows instances of these usages. 27. Qtd in Louie and Liu, “Ancient Records of Typhoons in Chinese Historical Documents,” Hurricanes and Typhoons: Past, Present and Future, ed.  Murnane and Kam-Biu Liu (New York: Columbia University Press, 2004), 240.

But Morton is also careful to ensure that a range of views and perspectives are compassed such that this great Japanese novel does not merely serve the demands of literary storm chasers. ”76 The authors of the chapters comprising this book are keenly aware of those dangers. Postcolonial methods of literary scholarship, as the chapters in this volume clearly demonstrate, are particularly useful for understanding the storying of tropical cyclones and their relationship to histories of tropical turbulence, situated as they mostly are in postcolonial societies.

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